Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh, is speaking out after a woman died almost two weeks after she sustained injuries from a member of the royal’s police escort earlier this month.
According to the BBC, Helen Holland died at the age of 81 after her family says she fought “for her life for nearly two weeks,” following a May 10 incident in London, England.
Holland was struck by a member of the duchess’ police escort in the Earl’s Court neighborhood of London, and, according to her family, sustained “irreversible damage to her brain,” multiple broken bones, and was in a coma.
On Wednesday, Buckingham Palace told ET in a statement that the duchess was “deeply saddened” to hear of Holland’s death, and sent her “deepest condolences and sympathies” to her family.
ET has learned that Sophie will be reaching out to Holland’s family privately.
Sophie is the wife of Prince Edward, the youngest son of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Chief Superintendent Richard Smith, head of the Metropolitan Police’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Unit, told the BBC that the “tragic outcome is being felt by colleagues across the Met” and “thoughts are very much with the woman’s family and loved ones.”
“Officers know that their actions, both on and off duty, are open to scrutiny and following our referral of the incident, the IOPC launched an independent investigation – we continue to cooperate with and support that inquiry,” he added.
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